Remote health support
A team of university students and health professionals will begin travelling to remote Pilbara areas to deliver health and education to indigenous communities on country next year.
The Gumala Aboriginal Corporation and Murdoch University partnership will involve final year students offering allied health care, veterinary services and health education as part of the Health in Motion program.
Gumala will chip in $450,000 towards the project and a further $50,000 will come from the Karlka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation.
Murdoch has pledged $1 million, and a $250,000 cash donation has been pledged by philanthropists.
Gumala executive officer Jahna Cedar said the on-country mobile clinic would address the high level of chronic health conditions experienced by indigenous people in the Pilbara.
“Statistics show that hospital presentations for Aboriginal people in the Pilbara are higher than other regions in WA,” she said.
“For many of our people, the time, energy and cost it takes to travel vast distances to major towns can be a barrier to receiving health care.”
Health in Motion project director Bruce Walker said the project had come about following a health and education needs analysis undertaken by Murdoch.
“More than 90 per cent of people surveyed supported a mobile health and education unit that would travel to smaller remote communities,” he said.
Mr Walker said he hoped the Gumala investment would attract other university, Government and industry partners.
The Ngurrawaana community.